Carl Jeppe was born in Krugersdorp, South Africa in 1949. He attended school at St. John’s College in Johannesburg and studied Fine Art at Technikon Pretoria (now Tshwane University of Pretoria). His work is represented in collections worldwide. He draws with passion and almost photo realistic detail when doing portraits. He loves figure drawing and developed an incredible range on his last exhibition that leaves a lot of imagination to the viewer.
After working as a property maker at P.A.C.T. for three years, Carl, his wife Lynn and two friends (all Technikon Alumni) opened their own art school; Art Studios Pretoria, where he developed a love for teaching and increased his passion for drawing. In 1981, Carl was appointed as a full-time staff member of Technikon Pretoria and has remained with the institution ever since.
He obtained his Higher Diploma in 1984 and on a part-time basis he presented weekly life drawing lectures at the University of Pretoria from 1988 until 2002. In 2000, he was invited to present lectures and workshops at Michigan State University, and while in America, visited the Art Institute of Chicago and Detroit Institute of Arts.
Carl has held solo exhibitions in Johannesburg, Pretoria and White River, and has taken part in over 80 group exhibitions. In 2012, he was a guest artist at the Rotary Hyde Park Art Fair. Carl has made opening speeches at many exhibitions, both for individual artists and at group shows, and has been on judging panels for several competitions, including New Signatures, ABSA L'Atelier, Art Alive, The Pretoria Eisteddfod, Webber Wentzel Young Artists Awards and the Watercolour Society of South Africa. Carl retired from TUT so that he could pursue his art career, although he was retained to lecture part–time for two years. Not content with teaching only at TUT, Carl loves the challenge of presenting drawing workshops wherever possible, and has done so at Phokeng near Rustenburg, Thapong in Botswana, in Bethal and Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, and in Clarens, Free State.
He holds regular drawing workshops in Parkhurst, Johannesburg and in Pretoria at the Battissphere, Pretoria Boys High School. Carl has completed several portrait commissions including Adelaide Tambo, Dr. Carol-Anne Benn, Leigh Bennie, Enver Surty, Naledi Pandor and Heyneke Meyer.